I Loved RVing With Our Kids
by Don T
(Lake Tahoe, Nevada)
I Love RVing With Our Kids
This story was submitted on our Why Do You Love RVing Page
Fifty+ years ago, my father borrowed a co-worker 14 ft. Shasta trailer (the ones with the decorative wings) and trekked our family off to Mt. Rushmore, Grand Coulee Dam, Pike's Peak, Yellowstone
, the Grand Tetons, and about a dozen other amazing places.
Some of my favorite family memories revolve around that trip. When we couldn't find a place to camp
late one night, we stopped at a dark roadside pull-out. We woke up in the morning to find a huge field of wildflowers with a small brook just outside our doorstep. Then there was the time the trailer jack-knifed, and Dad buried the fin of our '58 Ford Fairlane into the front wall of the trailer. All great memories.
So, 30 years later, while sitting on the john and browsing through Reader's Digest
I saw that they asked a variety of college students, "What was most responsible for your 'turning outright?" The number 1 answer, by far, was "camping with my family." Sounded very familiar to my brief camping adventures
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Well, within 6 months, we had purchased an older Class C, and we were off for a couple of weeks with our kids, an 8-year-old daughter, and a 6-year-old son. Oh yes, the dog and cat came too. Courtesy of our kid's year-round school schedule, we had a couple of weeks every Spring, 3-4 weeks in the Summer, and another week or two in October.
After a year (and several mechanical issues), we sold the dilapidated Class C and found a
new Class A. Nothing fancy but comfortable enough for our clan. Over the next 6-7 years, we crossed the country twice, stayed in numerous national parks
, and visited grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins thousands of miles from home. The kids got to participate in navigating
. Any family member could declare a "golf emergency," and we would pull over and play 9 holes on whatever cheap municipal course we were passing.
We met other families on the road and socialized with them. Our kids body surfed on the Maine shore, caught trout in Yellowstone Lake, visited a variety of museums (esp. on rainy days), watched fireworks in the Kingdome after a Mariner's baseball game, and built driftwood "forts" on the beach in Oregon.
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When the kids reached high school and had summer jobs, school sports, and boy/girlfriends, they were less interested in the RV, and we sold our coach.
And did it work? Well, they weren't perfect kids, but they've done well academically and personally --- I'm proud of them. Both earned scholarships, our son participated in the national geography final, and they talk fondly of our many trips. Our daughter is a teacher in Denver, and our son just finished his Masters in Computers. Both are married, and both love to travel, love nature and the mountains. I wonder how that happened.
Now my wife and I are shopping for an RV and plan on spending 3-4 months per year on the road with our canine kids. I get excited just thinking about getting behind the wheel and heading off once again.Tell us why you love RVing